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Thread: TO WALTER AND ACELAW

  1. #1
    Asian-American, Cuban-American, European-American, African-American, Mexican-American"..."different backgrounds, different cultures, but all united by the fact that when the hyphen is eliminated we are all Americans.
    Over the years the United States has been called a nation of immigrants. The fact that we are a melting pot for so many different cultures, races, and religions makes us unique in the world. It is also what has helped mold our national character. For more than 300 years, various ethnic, cultural, and social groups have come to our shores to reunite with their loved ones, to seek economic opportunity, and to find a haven from religious and political persecution. They bring their hopes, their dreams, and, in turn, contribute, enrich, and energize America.

    And yet, today, we are witnessing television shows that vilify newcomers as scam artists, news stories that showcase the growing backlash against immigration, and politicians and reporters who make no distinction between immigrants entering the country legally or illegally. Unfortunately, much of what we are reading, hearing, and seeing is based on fiction, not fact. So what is the true story?

    Less than a million immigrants arrive in the United States each year. Of these, 700,000 enter as lawful permanent residents and another 100,000 to 150,000 enter legally as refugees or others fleeing persecution. Undocumented immigrants constitute only 1% of the total U.S. population and, contrary to popular belief, most of these immigrants do not enter the United States illegally by crossing our border with Canada or Mexico. Instead most immigrants here illegally, 6 out of 10, enter the U.S. legally with a student, tourist, or business visa and become illegal when they stay in the United States after their visas expire.

    Most legal immigrants, about 8 out of 11, come to join close family members. Family-sponsored immigrants enter as either immediate relatives--spouses, unmarried minor children, parents-- of U.S. citizens, or through the family preference system, for relatives of permanent residents and siblings of U.S. citizens. While there are unlimited number of visas issued for immediate relatives of U.S. citizens, INS data shows that only around 235,000 visas have been issued annually in this category in recent years. The family preference system is far more restrictive and limits the number of visas issued in its four categories to a total of 226,000 per year. In addition, the waiting period for a visa can very long. For example, a sibling of a U.S. citizen who applies today to immigrate to this country could get a visa 30 years from now.

    It is easy to see that family reunification is the cornerstone of our legal immigration policy. It is truly one of the most visible areas in government policy in which we support and strengthen family values. We acknowledge that family unification translates into strong families who build strong communities.

    The second priority of our legal admissions system allows employers to bring in a relatively small number of skilled workers from overseas when there are no qualified Americans available to fill the job. This doesn't mean that we shirk our responsibility to educate and train those already here. It only means that we recognize the need to be able to attract talented and hardworking individuals from all corners of the world and to acquire often needed expertise and experience.

    This concept is not new. Throughout our history we have relied on the strength, expertise, and special skills of foreign workers and immigrants to build this country. As early as 1610 Italian craftsmen were brought to the New World by the Virginia Colony to start the glass trade. In the mid- 1800s American manufacturers advertised in European newspapers offering free passage to any man willing to come to the United States to work for them. Immigrant workers have altered American life and their contributions were, and still are, significant to the economic growth of our nation.

    Finally, American immigration policy fulfills our commitment to religious and political freedom. "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free," is not rhetoric, it is America's pledge to ensure that those brave men and women who face the prospect of ethnic cleansing, religious oppression, torture, and even death have a haven. Because this country was founded in large part by those who fled various kinds of political and religious persecution, it has become of our historical responsibility to serve as an advocate for human rights.

  2. #2
    Asian-American, Cuban-American, European-American, African-American, Mexican-American"..."different backgrounds, different cultures, but all united by the fact that when the hyphen is eliminated we are all Americans.
    Over the years the United States has been called a nation of immigrants. The fact that we are a melting pot for so many different cultures, races, and religions makes us unique in the world. It is also what has helped mold our national character. For more than 300 years, various ethnic, cultural, and social groups have come to our shores to reunite with their loved ones, to seek economic opportunity, and to find a haven from religious and political persecution. They bring their hopes, their dreams, and, in turn, contribute, enrich, and energize America.

    And yet, today, we are witnessing television shows that vilify newcomers as scam artists, news stories that showcase the growing backlash against immigration, and politicians and reporters who make no distinction between immigrants entering the country legally or illegally. Unfortunately, much of what we are reading, hearing, and seeing is based on fiction, not fact. So what is the true story?

    Less than a million immigrants arrive in the United States each year. Of these, 700,000 enter as lawful permanent residents and another 100,000 to 150,000 enter legally as refugees or others fleeing persecution. Undocumented immigrants constitute only 1% of the total U.S. population and, contrary to popular belief, most of these immigrants do not enter the United States illegally by crossing our border with Canada or Mexico. Instead most immigrants here illegally, 6 out of 10, enter the U.S. legally with a student, tourist, or business visa and become illegal when they stay in the United States after their visas expire.

    Most legal immigrants, about 8 out of 11, come to join close family members. Family-sponsored immigrants enter as either immediate relatives--spouses, unmarried minor children, parents-- of U.S. citizens, or through the family preference system, for relatives of permanent residents and siblings of U.S. citizens. While there are unlimited number of visas issued for immediate relatives of U.S. citizens, INS data shows that only around 235,000 visas have been issued annually in this category in recent years. The family preference system is far more restrictive and limits the number of visas issued in its four categories to a total of 226,000 per year. In addition, the waiting period for a visa can very long. For example, a sibling of a U.S. citizen who applies today to immigrate to this country could get a visa 30 years from now.

    It is easy to see that family reunification is the cornerstone of our legal immigration policy. It is truly one of the most visible areas in government policy in which we support and strengthen family values. We acknowledge that family unification translates into strong families who build strong communities.

    The second priority of our legal admissions system allows employers to bring in a relatively small number of skilled workers from overseas when there are no qualified Americans available to fill the job. This doesn't mean that we shirk our responsibility to educate and train those already here. It only means that we recognize the need to be able to attract talented and hardworking individuals from all corners of the world and to acquire often needed expertise and experience.

    This concept is not new. Throughout our history we have relied on the strength, expertise, and special skills of foreign workers and immigrants to build this country. As early as 1610 Italian craftsmen were brought to the New World by the Virginia Colony to start the glass trade. In the mid- 1800s American manufacturers advertised in European newspapers offering free passage to any man willing to come to the United States to work for them. Immigrant workers have altered American life and their contributions were, and still are, significant to the economic growth of our nation.

    Finally, American immigration policy fulfills our commitment to religious and political freedom. "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free," is not rhetoric, it is America's pledge to ensure that those brave men and women who face the prospect of ethnic cleansing, religious oppression, torture, and even death have a haven. Because this country was founded in large part by those who fled various kinds of political and religious persecution, it has become of our historical responsibility to serve as an advocate for human rights.

  3. #3
    Aguila, I must say this is a marvelous peice that you wrote. Such passion and sincerity. Yes we are all americans

  4. #4
    It was not written by me, I copy and pasted from www.aila.com, and I thought many people should read it, specially those that I called in the title of this posting and that have not have the courage of posting any answer.

  5. #5
    Guest
    That is definatey a good piece that you pasted. Yes we are all Americans.

    But I don't think that was the point here. I thought everybody was giving their opinion about illegal immigration.
    The article states that "Instead most immigrants here illegally, 6 out of 10, enter the U.S. legally with a student, tourist, or business visa and become illegal when they stay in the United States after their visas expire." Isn't this abusing the system and setting an example that it is OK to break the law. This is what I am against. If you want to immigrate, then do it by going through proper procedure ie applying for an immigrant visa.

  6. #6
    Many people don't qualify for an immigrant visa :-( otherwise they would apply for it. See probably you are a USC by born and are not aware of that kind of stuff.
    Overstaying a visa, or entering without inspection,is not a criminal act, you and many others here make the point of breaking the law, this is not criminal law, is immigration law, peolpe who come here to get a better life.
    After perhaps breaking an immigration law, this people don't breake any other laws... so I don't see the problem....

  7. #7
    blueorchid-


    "The article states that "Instead most immigrants here illegally, 6 out of 10, enter the U.S. legally with a student, tourist, or business visa and become illegal when they stay in the United States after their visas expire."

    The point was that,contrary to popular opinion
    the majority of illegal immigrants are not Mexican, and cross our southern border.

    "Isn't this abusing the system and setting an example that it is OK to break the law. This is what I am against."

    I am against people like acelaw focusing only on Mexicans. Focus on this as well.


    "If you want to immigrate, then do it by going through proper procedure ie applying for an immigrant visa."

    And not overstaying that visa, right?


    Also, remember when I was asking on who is allowed in, why, and how many? Agulia points out the reason why.

  8. #8
    Guest
    So you are saying that it is OK to break immigration law. There are millions, no maybe billions of people who want to come to America to get a better life. What are we to do??? Forget immigration law, open our borders and make it free for all.
    I am sorry that it does not work that way. This is the reason why everyone does not qualify for an immigrant visa.

  9. #9
    Guest
    SKS

    There you are buddy I have good friends from all different cultures and countries and I love them all.

    I guess the reason why there is such a popular opinion that a majority of illegal aliens are Mexicans is because of all the news- how they are loaded into trains/cars and smuggled here.

  10. #10
    Guest
    Aguila18
    The post you have pasted, is written for politically motivatation. And even though we all are agreed what it is said there, don't forget that Congress or govt created a ground in our immigration law, which called-'national security interest' to deny the entry to anyone-then all your justifications would be nullified, because then it won't be matter whether or not America has been a nation of immigrants, and everybody has the right to freedom and prosperety, and immigrants have made this nation powerful, and breaking the immigration laws is not a criminal act, etc..etc. And, right now, America's national security is in question because of these massive immigration. If Amercia won't allow any type of immigration, the incident of 9/11 won't happen. Because of all these problems associated with immigration, Driver Licenses rules has been tough and tax payers money is been used to regulate the changes made in to it. We are wasting and facing trouble during airport check-in. If you have the stastistic on who are mostly on welfare, then you should know that it is immigrants. Mostly jails are filled with immigrant-criminals according to stastistic. Left and right, we have a trouble because of immigrant and immigration. We did not have these type of problem in 70's or 80's when immigration rates were very low. Obviously, this is a question of our national security. And, as SKS said who will listen to us, then I think he did not know that those harsh immigration laws are not made previously if there were not our voices. It might take time to Govt to listen our voices, but eventually they need to hear if they want to represent us. I personally would attend every debate in the nation and raised this question to all candidate that what they will do. At least, White House heard our voices, therefore denied the request of asylum made by some of the pro-immigrants. Whatever justification is there in favor of immigrants, the truth is our national security is in danger. We will also forward all these posts here on this topic to Govt. And, if breaking the immigration LAWS is not a criminal act then why govt even said it to be LAWS. Don't you breaking any kind of laws is a criminal act? It might not in your dictionary because it is so ok in your country, but not here.

    Today, you and other immigrants have the freedom to speak whatever you are speaking, but let us know if you were in another country than USA. The laws and rules in America has always been made for the interest of its citizen and not for immigrants as lot of people like you have myths that it is a nation of immigrants and everyone has right to freedom and prosperity and others similar justification. Therefore, laws and rules can still be changed if it warrants in the interests of its citizen then your all kind of justifications would be voided.

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